Our honey comes from one of New Zealand’s oldest and most treasured nature reserves, Kapiti Island. Our Mānuka Blend honey is the delicious result of Carniolan honey bees foraging the lush forests and rolling hillsides of Kapiti Island where our hives are located. The pristine slice of New Zealand flora and fauna is around 5 kilometers off Paraparaumu, around an hour north of Wellington, and is an internationally recognised nature reserve, home to a wonderful array of endangered birds and wildlife.
Wait, the hives are on Kapiti Island? How?
Our family have been living on, and caring for, Kapiti Island since the early 1800s. From the days of our great-great-grandmother Metapere, to our great grandfather Wi Parata who farmed the land and passed it down to his daughter, Utauta, our great grandmother who farmed the land and managed to hold on to it while other landowners were forced to sell by the government – with the help of the horse she’s standing next to in the photo below. As a result, our whānau are lucky enough to live on the island and continue our work as caretakers and guardians of the land. We’re a small, whānau business set up to nurturing the island and sharing it with the rest of the world in a sustainable way.
Sustainability? Is that important?
E mea ana koe! You bet! We take our roles as kaitiaki seriously. Our honey bees work tirelessly, doing so much good for the ecosystem, the least we can do is minimise the impact we have. This year we’ve removed all plastic from our postage packaging, even the courier bag we use is compostable. Our aim is to be completely plastic free next year.
My jar of honey has crunchy bits in it, why?
The crunchy bits mean the honey has crystallized. This is what raw and unpasteurised honeys does. It means the honey hasn’t been ultra heat-treated and is instead nice and natural, the way it should be! If you don’t like it like (we do!) then you can move it somewhere warmer, the hot water cupboard, or even sit the jar in a bowl of warm water. Keeping it in the fridge will make it more likely to crystallise. Each jar is different, but if you leave it for long enough, and the conditions are right, yours will probably crystallise before you finish the jar. It’s a good thing!